TE Darren Waller - Oakland Raiders

6-6, 238Born: 9-13-1992College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 6, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 10): Waller was a mainstay in the Raiders pass offense as a full time player and should be a fixture in the short-intermediate high percentage passing game. He'll be a solid TE1 against Kansas City in Week 2.

General News (Tue Sep 10): played all 55 of the team's offensive snaps in Week 1 against Denver Broncos. Head coach Jon Gruden suggested Waller's role didn't necessarily grow because Antonio Brown wasn't there anymore. "We're going to get the ball to Waller. Waller's special," Gruden told Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Week 2: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr and Oakland's passing attack opened the 2019 season with a shockingly impressive performance during the team's 24-16 victory over the Denver Broncos. Carr finished the night completing 22 of his 26 passing attempts for 259 yards and 1 score. It is also worth noting that Carr pushed the ball downfield far more in week one than he typically did throughout the 2018 season. Offseason acquisition Tyrell Williams proved to be Carr's favorite target through the air, targeting Williams seven times throughout the game, including the highest-leverage situations. Williams tallied 6 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown in his debut in the silver and black. At tight end, Darren Waller flashed some of the potential that many analysts hoped he would display in an offense devoid of playmakers. Waller caught 7 of his 8 targets for 70 yards in his first start as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Aside from Williams and Waller, however, there is not much to like in this Oakland passing game. The Raiders' offensive line was highly impressive in the season opener. Denver was unable to apply pressure to Derek Carr all night, registering zero hits on the quarterback. Oakland's passing game impressed in the season opener, giving reason to adjust expectations for this unit for the better. Nick Foles and Garner Minshew combined for 350 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception in week one, but these numbers do not tell the whole story of the matchup. Following an injury to Nick Foles, Minshew ran a dink-and-dunk offense that left receivers to do much of the work after the catch. Minshew's average 5.5 air-yards-per-attempt ranked 2nd-lowest in the entire NFL in week one. While Kansas City's pass rush failed to produce in week one, this unit has the pedigree of a defensive line primed to make an impact throughout the season. Frank Clark was acquired from Seattle following 3 straight 10+ sack seasons. While he only registered one pressure on the quarterback last week, Clark can be counted on to right the ship and get after the quarterback throughout the season. On the interior, Chris Jones is arguably the second-best interior lineman in the NFL. In 2018, Jones recorded 15.5 sacks, good enough for 3rd in the NFL. In week one, Jones pressured Jacksonville quarterbacks three times but failed to convert any into sacks, which won't continue for long. In the secondary, the Chiefs added Tyrann Mathieu over the offseason to strengthen their weak-point on the defense. While Mathieu did not turn in his best performance in week one, another newcomer, Breshaud Breeland, stepped up in coverage. Kansas City's week one defensive statistics are inflated due to an entire fourth-quarter of garbage time, but that could be a trend with their high powered offense. This is a strong unit, and is better than the stats that they will give up, but they will give up a significant amount of garbage time yards this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs DEN 58 7.0 70 0 0 7
2 vs KC 0 6.0 63 0 0 6.3
2 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 5.0 * * * *
2 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 4.4 * * * *
2 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Darren Waller's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 1 vs DEN (8 / 7 / 70 / 0 rec)

Waller was a clear beneficiary of Antonio Brown going AWOL and lived up to every bit of the offseason hype. He was on the field for every single snap and garnered a whopping 31% of the targets. The Raiders often used him as essentially the No. 2 WR, as he lined up detached from the line on 40% of the snaps. His first catch came lined up out wide. He caught a short comeback and then plowed through the defender to turn a modest gain into 11 yards. A couple plays later while again lined up out wide, Waller made an athletic 25-yard grab on a fade route down the sideline. Waller was able to use his elite speed to separate from a cornerback on a drag route to pick up a first down. Waller also got an easy catch for 8 yards on a screen pass. Waller looks like the 1B in the Raiders passing offense behind only Tyrell Williams.

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Latest News

Raiders | Coach heaps praise on Darren Waller (Tue Sep 10, 05:23 PM) - Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller played all 55 of the team's offensive snaps in Week 1 against Denver Broncos. Head coach Jon Gruden suggested Waller's role didn't necessarily grow because Antonio Brown wasn't there anymore.'We're going to get the ball to Waller. Waller's special,' Gruden told Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Our View: Waller had a good game against the Broncos on Monday night. Part of that is his natural skill set and part of that is the Broncos inability to cover tight ends. Waller is a TE2 with upside for Fantasy GMs, and it will be interesting to see if he can stay healthy and play up to his potential.
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Raiders | Darren Waller solid on MNF (Tue Sep 10, 01:24 AM) - Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller posted seven receptions for 70 yards on eight targets in the Week 1 win against the Denver Broncos on Monday, Sept. 9.

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Schedule

2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Minnesota Vikings
4@ Indianapolis Colts
5vs Chicago Bears
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Green Bay Packers
8@ Houston Texans
9vs Detroit Lions
10vs Los Angeles Chargers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ New York Jets
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Tennessee Titans
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Los Angeles Chargers
17@ Denver Broncos